See a list of our upcoming events on our "Event" Page. As a breed that is new to the public our vision is to build their reputation and showcase the wonderful traits that are specific to this breed. They have had enormous success in Western Dressage, Working Equitation and Classical Dressage.
SCI HORSES IN THE NEWS
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Rare Santa Cruz Island Horses Being Saved From Genetic Extinction
BY Jimy Tallal
The Malibu Times 2023
El Campeon Farms in the Santa Monica Mountains is bringing back one of the most endangered horse breeds in the world — the Santa Cruz Island (SCI) horse. The small herd, now up to 23 horses, may be the last of their kind, but a scientific breeding program to increase their numbers is underway.
Preserving California history: Santa Cruz Island horses at home in Hidden Valley
BY Dawn Megli
The Ventura County Star 2022
"On a misty morning in Hidden Valley, a lone rider mounted a small horse and entered an arena nestled below an oak-studded hillside.
Calm, patient and sure-footed, Cochise, a 19-year-old gelding, followed commands with ease as his rider Hayley Pelton prompted him through a series of obstacles..."
RARE BREED RESURGENCE
BY KIM F. MILLER
The Riding Magazine 2020
"..A rare breed of horses is El Campeon’s current beneficiary since the Farm became a steward of the Santa Cruz Island Horses in 2014. These gentle, hearty horses can trace their genetics to the Iberian Peninsula, the origin point for the Colonial Spanish horses brought to North America by the Conquistadors and California’s Missionary Padres."
SAVING A DYING BREED OF WILD HORSES
By Joe Proudman
Davis Enterprise 2018
"..Fifteen horses came off the island, leaving the breed with an incredibly small gene pool. Estimates have the breed at 60 horses now, but they’re spread across the country with herds in Florida, Northern California and at El Campeon Farms in Thousand Oaks, where 20 now live..."
WORKING EQUITATION, THE SPORT I DIDN’T KNOW I NEEDED
Horse Network 2020
"If you haven’t heard about Working Equitation yet, you will soon.
Although relatively new to the United States, it is now the fastest growing equine sport in the nation, attracting riders from all disciplines including dressage, reining, jumping, working cow horse and trail riding.."